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The Copper Box Arena hosted the Handball and Modern Pentathlon Fencing during the Olympic Games and Goalball during the Paralympic Games. It is now being transformed into a new venue with flexible seating capacity and facilities for a wide range of indoor sports training and competitions as well as cultural and business events.
It was one of the first legacy venues to re-open after the Games in July 2013 and is located in the west of the Park close to Hackney Wick station and near to the Press and Broadcast Centres.
The Arena will leave a lasting and versatile sporting legacy, serving as a venue for a variety of indoor sports. The highly flexible design means it will be used for all levels of sports participation, from events to high performance training to community use.
The Arena will be a multi-purpose sport and entertainment venue where the public can play a wide range of sports including basketball, wheelchair basketball, handball, volleyball, netball, judo, fencing, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics and taekwondo, with a variety of National Governing Bodies of sport having expressed their interest in using the Arena. It will also include a health and fitness gym and studios and a café for the local community.
In January 2012, we announced that Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will operate the Copper Box Arena for 10 years starting in 2013, along with the Aquatics Centre. GLL, a charitable social enterprise, currently oversees the management of over 100 public leisure centres across the south of England and in York, employing around 5,000 people, all locally recruited.
The Legacy Corporation and GLL are also working with a host of National Governing Bodies for sport, including Sport England, England Netball, the British Wheelchair Basketball Association and England Basketball, to ensure that the programming meets the requirements for athlete training.
As the third largest arena in London, it will also be able to host concerts, shows, exhibitions and conferences, along with major sporting events. It is anticipated it will attract around 500,000 visits a year.